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Summary: In 1984, a 14-year-old Minnesota teenager and his friends turned an interest in professional wrestling into the National Wrestling Federation (NWF). They produced the “Kids Pro Wrestling Show” on Cable TV. The league and program lasted from 1984 until 1988 and was very popular. This is the story of how it all happened. Although presented as a story, this is reads more like a memoir or autobiography.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read youreself: 10 to 12
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The perseverance, creativity, imagination, and drive exhibited by Shawn Crossen and his friends, in the pursuit of forming the league and making it successful, are remarkable. One wonders about the similarities between these youngsters and Bill Gates or Steven Jobs in their pursuit of developing software and computers in their dorm room or family garage.
Pros: The story is an interesting one and has merit in that it demonstrates what a person or group can do if they put their minds and hearts to a project.
Cons: Although billed as the story of the NWF, this work is extraordinarily close to being a personal memoir or autobiography.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip it. The theme is positive, but the topic itself, the NWF has a very limited audience twenty-two years after the fact.